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Get Smart (2008)



Critic Consensus: Get Smart rides Steve Carell's considerable charm for a few laughs, but in the end is a rather ordinary Summer comedy.

Movie Info

40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell steps into the telephonic shoes of television's most beloved bumbling detective in this big-screen adaptation of the hit 1960s-era comedy series created by Mel Brooks. The evil geniuses at KAOS have hatched a diabolical plot to dominate every living man, woman, and child on the planet, and their plot gets under way as they attack the headquarters of the U.S. spy agency Control. As a result of the attack, the identity of every agent working for Control has been compromised. Realizing that the only way to thwart KAOS' evil plan is to promote eager but inexperienced Control analyst Maxwell Smart (Carell) to the rank of special agent, the Chief (Alan Arkin) reluctantly teams Smart with Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) -- a veteran super-spy whose beauty is only surpassed by her lethality. With no real field experience to speak of and nothing but sheer enthusiasm and a handful of fancy spy gadgets to help him accomplish his deadly mission, Maxwell Smart his new partner, Agent 99, will be forced to faces malevolent KAOS head Siegfried (Terence Stamp) and his loyal army of minions in a decisive fight that will determine the fate of the free world. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, David Koechner, Terry Crews, and Ken Davitian co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for some rude humor, action violence and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nick Marine, Matt Ember, Tom J. Astle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 4, 2008
Box Office: $130.2M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Steve Carell
as Maxwell Smart
Anne Hathaway
as Agent 99
Alan Arkin
as The Chief
Terence Stamp
as Siegfried
Terry Crews
as Agent 91
James Caan
as The President
Bill Murray
as Agent 13
Masi Oka
as Brude
Ken Davitian
as Shtarker
Geoffrey Pierson
as Vice President
Arthur Darbinyan
as Russian Bad Guy
Bill Romanowski
as Air Marshall
Mark Ivanir
as Russian Guy in Bathr...
Linsday Hollister
as Max's Dance Partner
Dimitri Diatchenko
as Russian Underling
Richard V. Licata
as Russian Leader
Greg Joung Paik
as North Korean General
Joey Yu
as North Korean Soldier
Mike Akrawi
as Arab Man
Kerry Lai Fatt
as Tour Guide
John Farley
as Agent 38
Jonathan Loughran
as Orange Team Guy
Felisha Terrell
as Control Assistant
Jeff Tanner
as Control Assistant
Jasper Pendergrass
as Control Assistant
Carl Crevier
as Restaurant Agent
David Schaap
as Restaurant Agent
Peter Wiereter
as Airline Passenger
Thomas Garner
as Airline Passenger
Danielle Bisutti
as Airline Passenger
Jessica Barth
as Flight Attendant
John Eddins
as Co-Pilot
Alex Kudrytsky
as Russian Farmhand
Tatyana Kaboulova
as Pretty Woman at Part...
Moshana Halbert
as Pretty Woman at Part...
Sergey Priselkov
as Russian Farmer
Jane Gilchrist
as Bakery Counter Woman
Todd Sherry
as KAOS Office Worker
David Aranovich
as Russian Son
Ivy Bethune
as Russian Mother
Larry Miller
as CIA Agent
Kevin Nealon
as CIA Agent
Blake Clark
as General
James Moses Black
as Control Prison Guard
Bernie Kopell
as Opel Driver
Michael Peter Catanz...
as Secret Service Agent
Tim DeKay
as Secret Service Agent
Jerry Sherman
as Conductor
Matthew Glave
as Secret Service Agent...
Leonard Stern
as Cesna Pilot
Sean Segal
as Kid in Minivan
Karri Turner
as Mom in Minivan
Stephen Dunham
as Secret Service Comma...
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News & Interviews for Get Smart

Critic Reviews for Get Smart

All Critics (215) | Top Critics (43)

As a reworking of one of the great 1960s TV comedies, you'd think being funny would be its main goal. But you would be wrong. Very, very wrong.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The movie is hurt more than helped by having to carry over character names and shoehorn in the show's greatest hits, Carell and Hathaway's rhythm faltering with every recycled catchphrase.

Full Review… | July 29, 2015
Stop Smiling

In a year where even Ghost Rider gets a sequel, Get Smart makes you actually want one.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

For anyone who entertained hopes for Get Smart and has not been entertained back, the film's main fault will lie in its wobbly translation.

Full Review… | November 4, 2013
The Nation

Get Smart certainly has its moments, but suffers badly from an inability to balance the surreal humor and life-threatening terrorist threat.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

There's enough packed in there to warrant a viewing if you fancy a bit of fun.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
What Culture

Audience Reviews for Get Smart

Surprisingly good for a remake of a tv show. Carrel, hathaway and Johnson all put on a good show. Well worth your time.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


It's nowhere near as awful as it could have been thanks to it's strong cast but after it finally decides to wrap itself up in a neat bow, Get Smart adds up to nothing more than terribly average and relatively lame summer material. It's downfall is the fact that it makes little use of it's star studded talent like most massively financed comedies, there was definitely a missed opportunity here. It's fairly dull and runs out of steam about 30 minutes in and decides to go dead serious when it comes to the plot. Which I will point out is all over the place and almost non-existent. There's also a huge problem with the soundtrack because it repeats the same stereotypical spy thriller music over and over and over again. It's not terrible, Steve Carell scores a lot of laughs but after almost 2 hours of having him on screen doing nothing more than his charming face, it really made me think of how brilliant The 40 Year Old Virgin was. Anne Hathaway also does the best with the weak script she's given, she has fun as does Alan Arkin and Terrence Stamp in their perfectly cast roles. But in the end the film as a whole is fairly forgettable, it has moments of good comedy, but that and cleverly crafted special effect sequences can't quite make up for the flaws surounding them.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

A funny movie that revolves around Carrell and his antics. The story is not great nor does it make perfect sense, but it keeps the movie moving and Carrell keeps the jokes coming. Main fault is lack of chemistry between Hathaway and Carrell.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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